Saturday, January 10, 2009
Television: Big Love Without All The Actors
United States of Tara
Showtime Sundays (Starting 1.18.08)
Created by Steven Spielberg/Diablo Cody
Starring Toni Collette, John Corbett
4 Scoops of Bosco
Reviewed By Allen Bacon, Editor, The Daily Bosco
I have a theory about the new dark comedy that premieres on Jan. 18 on Showtime, The United States of Tara. The producers wanted to do something similar to HBO's Big Love but didn't want to spend the budget.
That's because Toni Collette (Towelhead, Muriel's Wedding) plays somebody with Multiple Personality Disorder so the husband played by John Corbett gets four wives for the price of one.
Aside from a brilliant performance by Collette who plays four distinct personalities....a pot-smoking teenager, a traditional homemaker, a biker dude, and herself, a hard-working mother and wife...the fact is the show makes light of a serious mental disorder and it's really, when you boil it down, Family Ties, on acid.
Think about it...you have the long-suffering husband, a nerdy teenage son, a daughter going through puberty and one of the personalities is a traditional homemaker. No new ground is really being broken here. Unless you want to talk about the young son's crush on a boy in his class. In case you haven't noticed, homosexuality on television is becoming second nature.
John Corbett just plays himself, again. Nothing new from the character that he developed on Northern Exposure or later, Sex And The City. Cool, detached...thoughtful.
Can't believe Steven Spielberg actually created this. The show is written by Juno's Diablo Cody.
The pilot is now available on the www.showtime.com for perusal or if you have Showtime it is available On Demand.
The Bosco rating is based on a best of five...five being best